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Today's Sports

  • Titans, Rockets face tough fields

    Saturday’s Class 2A, Region 3 girls’ cross-country meet will be like a mini version of the State Meet, but more competitive.

    That’s because it will feature six of the Top 10 teams from the coaches’ association rankings, but only four of those will qualify for next Saturday’s State Championships.

  • Hyman flying downhill for Rockets

    Once Deric Hyman started running downhill he became a heat-seeking Rocket, or at least a tackle-seeking one.

    The Shelby County junior middle linebacker has been a standout this season for the Rockets, especially in the past month.

    “The last four games he’s played exceptionally well,” Shelby County Coach Todd Shipley said.

    The Rockets (2-8) will need that to continue tonight, when they travel to undefeated John Hardin (10-0) in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Elizabethtown. 

  • Titans face testy opener

    In all six classes of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s football playoffs, which began last night, there is only one first-round match-up that features a district champion playing a fourth-seeded foe that beat its own district winner.

    Luckily for local football fans – but maybe unluckily for Collins – that game will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Shelby County’s Robert Doyle Stadium, where the Titans (8-2) will host Moore in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. 

  • Rockets face a powerhouse

    Shelby County football coach Todd Shipley knows his team has its work cut out for it tonight.

    That’s when the Rockets (2-8) travel to unbeaten John Hardin (10-0) in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. The Bulldogs, who have gone 49-1 during their past five regular seasons, were state semifinalists last year and state runners-up in 2009.

    “They’re very big, their backs are very elusive, and they play really good defense,” Shipley said. “Besides that, it should be a very competitive ball game.”

  • Gabby Karas takes record victory...

    Collins seventh-grader Gabby Karas won the KTCCCA Meet of Champions cross-country race in record time Saturday at Masterson Station Park in Lexington.

    Karas covered the 4,000-meter course in 14 minutes, 16 seconds – more than 43 seconds faster than the runner-up, and 20 seconds faster than the old race record. 

    Only one other local runner placed in the Top 50 in any of the other races. Collins eighth-grader Jacob Hershberger finished 33rd (14:55.66) in the boys’ race.

     

  • Time for a change at UK - at...

    It’s time for a change for the University of Kentucky football team.

    No, not at head coach. I still believe Joker Phillips deserves at least one more year (a.k.a. the Steve Kragthorpe Lame Duck Season). However, I also believe that he needs to pull the trigger on a much-needed personnel decision. The Wildcats’ coach needs to bench junior quarterback Morgan Newton and put freshman Maxwell Smith under center for Saturday’s must-win game (kickoff is 3:30 p.m.) against Mississippi at Commonwealth Stadium.

  • U of L’s Heyman playing ‘big’...

    Dexter Heyman has always looked the part of big-time college football player.

    Now he’s playing that part too.

    Listed at 6 feet 3, 238 pounds, Heyman has always been a physical specimen since the day he arrived on the University of Louisville campus from Male High School. It took Heyman some time, though, to make his mark on the field for the Cardinals with only one start in his first two seasons.

  • He’s the center of attention for...

    Senior Joseph Fawns has been at the center of a lot of activity this season for the Collins football team.

    The offensive center/defensive lineman is a 6-foot, 280-pound immovable object on one side of the football and an irresistible force on the other side of it.

    Fawns (“Fawns” or “Fonzie” to most) is a big reason why Collins (8-2) has won six consecutive games heading into Friday night’s Class 4A first-round playoff game against Moore.

  • Rockets have the ball a lot but...

    The Shelby County football team dominated time of possession Friday night against South Oldham.

    However it was the Dragons who dominated most of the game.

    Capitalizing off several big plays – both on the ground and through the air - South Oldham built an 18-point halftime lead, then cruised to a 34-16 victory over the host Rockets on their Senior Night at Robert Doyle Stadium.

  • South Oldham beats Shelby County...

    The South Oldham football team rode several big plays to an 18-point halftime lead and cruised over host Shelby County 34-16 Friday night at Robert Doyle Stadium.

    The loss assured the Rockets of Class 5A, District 4's No. 4 seed in the state playoffs, which begin next weekend. Shelby County (2-8) will travel to unbeaten John Hardin (10-0) in the first round.